Battling Mother Nature's mess

Tututawa sheep and beef farmers John and Philippa McBride, with pet foxy Max, still face a massive clean-up after their farm was flooded in June.

Taranaki couple have barely started cleaning up their farm damaged in the June floods because the sodden ground is still hindering repairs.

Risky shear for giant sheep

This sheep with a giant overgrown coat of wool was found near Canberra in Australia.

9:00 AM  A giant unshorn Australian merino sheep is unlikely to threaten NZ's world record for the heaviest fleece.

Breeder on top of his game

South Wairarapa romney breeder Richard Warren and stockman Alan Jones with 708/11, the 4th #1 ram for New Zealand, bred at Rawahi.

Tough Wairarapa climate helps Richard Warren breed some of the best sheep in the country.

ES frustrated with Fed Farmers

Environment Southland lashes out at Federated Farmers.

Environment Southland has lashed out at Federated Farmers.

Dairy prices still rising

Price rises were backed by 166 participating bidders trading 35,865 metric tonnes of dairy product.

But difficult times are far from over for farmers after the second positive dairy auction in a row.

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opinion

Depiction ignores ag history

A Fonterra tanker picks up milk a Taranaki farm. Governments of different political stripes have come and gone, while Fonterra has remained a co-op.

OPINION: The "great fear of socialism" that columnist Chris Trotter ascribes to NZ farmers is less pronounced than it seems.

Many tariff saving opportunities

Despite our FTAs, meat exports are still attracting $213 million in tariffs. That’s why Beef + Lamb NZ’s market access work is important.

The elephant's trumpeting is getting louder

Doing without luxuries

Fieldays

Barrie shows sportsmanship

Cameron Barrie with his good sportsmanship award he won at the tractor pull at the Fieldays.

Cameron Barrie rewarded for showing the right attitude during the tractor pull at this year's Fieldays.

Top fencer 'chuffed' with win

It was seventh time lucky for a chuffed Tim Stafford at the recent National Fencing Championships.

"Men to shed their Southern Man Image" is the theme to the  debate run as a Fundraiser for SBHS Old Boys Assn & SBH Charitable Trust.Three of the Debaters are(l-r)Mike Fallow, Gerry Forde & Tim Shadbolt

Southern man hunt on again

Do you have what it takes to be The Southern Man?

dairy

Dairy prices still rising

Price rises were backed by 166 participating bidders trading 35,865 metric tonnes of dairy product.

But difficult times are far from over for farmers after the second positive dairy auction in a row.

Liquidation of dairy business

Woodville dairy support business goes into liquidation - the first of others expected says a liquidator.

Audi New Zealand's general manager Dean Sheed.

Dairying a big factor in vehicle sales

Dairy payout fall slowing down new vehicle sales in areas where dairy farming is a big part of the economy.

advice

Country woman lost to depression

Matt Shirtcliffe is speaking out about farmer depression after his wife, Mary, died three months ago.

"It's a little bit like a cancer. Sometimes you can beat it, but sometimes it can beat you."

Act of kindness appreciated

Farming communities urged to watch out for the mental health of their members as belts tighten.

Councillor Geoff Evans has urged fellow Marlborough councillors to support a rural advisory group.

Council supports rural group, rejects funding

A new rural advisory group will not be used to throw rocks at the Marlborough District Council, its architect says.

aquaculture

Seafood company gains national recognition

Omega Seafoods managing director Chris Redwood, left, and marketing manager Johanna O'Connell after being placed in the top six companies in the Westpac Business Growth Grant awards.

A Marlborough seafood company has won recognition in a national competition promoting small to medium sized businesses.

Mussel farmer vies for top award

A Marlborough Sounds mussel company has entered a prestigious South Island farming award.

A mussel farm in the Marlborough Sounds

Mussel farmer fights for farm extension

The Environment Court is considering an appeal by one of Marlborough's largest mussel producers to extend their greenshell mussel farm in Pelorus Sound.

beef

Still battling Mother Nature's mess

Tututawa sheep and beef farmers John and Philippa McBride, with pet foxy Max, still face a massive clean-up after their farm was flooded in June.

Taranaki couple have barely started cleaning up their farm damaged in the June floods because the sodden ground is still hindering repairs.

Room for more bull beef

NZ's bull beef exports jump nearly $250m this year with one processor suggesting there is market room for more bull beef farming.

The current beef kill is double the normal throughput at this time of year.

US quota breach close

New Zealand will come very close to breaching its beef export quota to the US, and may even run out of quota this year, but farmers should not be concerned, says the Meat Industry Association.

Sheep

Risky shear for giant sheep

This sheep with a giant overgrown coat of wool was found near Canberra in Australia.

9:00 AM  A giant unshorn Australian merino sheep is unlikely to threaten NZ's world record for the heaviest fleece.

Still battling Mother Nature's mess

Taranaki couple have barely started cleaning up their farm damaged in the June floods because the sodden ground is still hindering repairs.

South Wairarapa romney breeder Richard Warren and stockman Alan Jones with 708/11, the 4th #1 ram for New Zealand, bred at Rawahi.

Romney breeder on top of his game

Tough south Wairarapa climate helps Richard Warren breed some of the best sheep in the country.

cropping

Silage made easy

Garth McVicar's balerator version 3 is ready for use this summer.

A project to perfect the art of making silage is starting to come together for a farmer who enjoys time tinkering in his workshop.

Carrot supervisor takes grower title

Carrot washline supervisor Hamish Gates is New Zealand's Young Grower of the Year.

Maize silage prices are expected to drop this year due to the fall in milk prices, which caused dairy farmers to cut costs.

Maize silage prices expected to fall

Arable farmers growing maize silage for the dairy industry could be in for a tough year season with prices expected to take a dive.

agribusiness

Poaching increasing

Farmers are frustrated at increased poaching on their land.

Sheep farmer bemused at the sentencing of a helicopter pilot caught poaching on his property.

Fonterra loan set to be popular

Most dairy farmers predicted to take advantage of a Fonterra interest-free loan to help them through this season.

APITECH NZ Ltd beekeeping apprentices, from left, Laura Foster, Adrian Withers and Jayden Paul.

Beekeeper unsure what summer will bring

The plight of bees is under the spotlight with the industry-led Bee Aware Month promotion kicking off.

Discovery

Fewer false TB positives

Professor Bryce Buddle takes a skin test on a cow.

A new test for bovine TB developed by AgResearch is attracting international attention.

Herb-clover grows lambs faster

Specialised herb-clover mixes may be the answer to improving both reproductive performance of sheep, and lamb finishing weights.

Lincoln University greenhouse research into the use of sewage and dairy effluent to grow native plants.

$200m gain forecast from biowaste

New research suggests the use of sewage and dairy shed effluent on pine plantations can generate big economic returns.

rural women

Making Holstein history in NZ

Te Awamutu breeder Wendy Harker is the new president of Holstein Friesian New Zealand

Who is the woman making history as the head of Holstein Friesian NZ?

Riding the long paddock

It's quite the journey … from high country shepherd to winner of a national business award.

Lizzie Carruthers, Otago artist

Life as a rural artist

Southern artist Lizzie Carruthers has been a farmer all her working life. She talks about inspiration and life as a rural artist.

Video

Old cloths become trendy aprons

Barbara Gilchrist created quirky vintage aprons out of recycled tablecloths and tea towels with her apron business, Inapinny.

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